No Home, Home Assignment

This is such a funny concept. Not funny, haha, but funny weird, strange and abnormal. We are on home assignment and yet we are not home. We don’t even have a home for the 7 months we are in the United States. We have places to stay. We have other people’s homes. We have hospitality shown to us in many ways. But we are not home.

For me this is the hardest part about home assignment.

I am a wife, a mother, a homemaker and yet there is no home for me to make. Our space is not our own. We are living each and every day in close community with others. My main job is to take care of my family and yet I am displaced from my kitchen. My grocery shopping consists of picking up snacks for the road and occasional fruits. We have stayed in 14 homes with at least 11 more to go; sometimes staying no more than one night in each place. We are habitual guests.

Already, Little Bear slept in airports, playrooms, kitchens, closets and under tables. His little tent bed is moved from space to space but thankfully he adjusts quite well. At his young age he has traveled more miles, seen more of the United States and visited more countries than I had when I got married!

Each home treated us exceptionally. We are grateful for the hospitality extended to us, the chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We love the personal time spent in each home as it gives us the opportunity to connect more closely and go deeper.

Now imagine being a “couch surfer” as a family of three with one on the way for 7 months. Can you imagine it?

Home Assignment – Things We Miss

There are so many things we love about home assignment but the flip side is true as well. There are so many things we love about life in Kenya. Here are a few of the things we miss:

  1. Friends
  2. Praising God in Kiswahili
  3. Cheap fresh fruits and veggies
  4. Our home
  5. Working on airplanes
  6. My sewing machine
  7. The crazy fabric market
  8. Prayer time with our team
  9. Sleeping in our own bed
  10. Celebrating weddings and new babies
  11. Nights alone as a family
  12. Volleyball
  13. Game park camping
  14. Bear’s tools
  15. Lovely weather
  16. Our big land cruiser
  17. Ethiopian food
  18. Women’s Bible study
  19. Bear’s tools
  20. Riding the dirt bike

Home Assignment – Things We Love

Home Assignment is refreshing in so many ways. Here are just a few of them:

  1. Meeting new family members. The count so far is 4 new nephews and nieces and lots of new cousins.
  2. Reconnecting with old friends.
  3. Peaches
  4. Sweet corn
  5. Being outside after dark
  6. Smooth roads
  7. Encouraging churches by sharing how God is working overseas
  8. Being encouraged by what churches are doing here in the USA
  9. Swimming
  10. Long summer days
  11. Extra time for studying God’s word
  12. Ice cream
  13. Walking on the beach
  14. Date nights
  15. Bicycling
  16. Morning coffee with Mom
  17. Safe water from the tap
  18. Sidewalks
  19. No padlocks on our doors
  20. Parks: slides, swings, jungle gyms